Chair: Ed Kacic
CEO, Irvine Health Foundation

Technology
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Goal: Support the Senior Citizens Advisory Council (SCAC) Technology Committee with the distribution and implementation of their technology survey. Provide a resource list of available technology workshops for older adults that are being offered throughout the county. Collect impact stories from seniors – how they are aging in the county, what their concerns are and what circumstances they are dealing with.

Participating Organizations: 211OC, Alzheimer’s Orange County, Cal State Fullerton – Center for Successful Aging, City of Irvine, City of Mission Viejo, grandPad, IrisOC, Irvine Health Foundation, OC Social Services Agency, Meals on Wheels Orange County

OCSPA Technology 18-Month Goals: July 2017 – December 2018

Quarterly Updates

Quarter 1
January 1 – March 31 2019

  • Subcommittee is holding their first ever “Community Ideathon”, an event to identify challenges older adults are facing around loneliness and how to overcome the challenges using possible solutions using technology. Join us on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 1pm at Norman P. Murray center. This event is free and open to the public.  RSVP at: 
  • The committee is also working with other OCSPA Subcommittees on how how they can help elevate/promote their activities on the IrisOC website (iris-oc.com)

Quarter 2
April – June 30 2019

  • Subcommittee is held a couple “Community Ideathon”, events in May and June to identify challenges older adults are facing around loneliness and how to overcome the challenges using possible solutions using technology. Next one is scheduled for September 
  • The committee is also working with other OCSPA Subcommittees on how how they can help elevate/promote their activities on the IrisOC website (iris-oc.com)

Quarter 3
July – September 30, 2019

  • On September 5th, in partnership with Aging2.0 Orange County chapter, OCSPA Technology subcommittee hosted a presentation with Rendever, a Boston based company committed to helping older adults overcome social isolation through the power of virtual reality (VR) and shared experiences. Forty-five people were in attendance to hear about Rendever and be able to experience VR themselves.
  • A total of 130 community members have attended and participated in our educational events and plans to host more events to reach their goal of 200 attendees.
  • The subcommittee is currently researching survey tools regarding social isolation and work closely with the Social Isolation subcommittee to get a better understanding the scope of social isolation in the county by distributing surveys to friendly visitor programs.

Quarter 4
October – December 31, 2019

  • The OCSPA Technology Subcommittee is continuing an environmental scan of social isolation assessment tools and will work closely with the OCSPA Social Engagement subcommittee to distribute it throughout the friendly visitation programs and ministries.

Resources/Upcoming Events